The Best Desk Mates – Office Space Plants

Published by Heather Fesmire in Plants

Looking to add some life to your cubical? It’s time to trade in that highly regarded red Swingline stapler for something better. Plants! There are so many benefits to having a mini office garden: decoration, air quality, mood, and productivity (to name a few). I know what you are thinking. “How can a plant possibly survive in office conditions?” Well, we came up with a list of desk dwelling, cubical camping, fluorescent light flourishing, and indoor inhabiting plants.


Perk up with a plant on your work desk (and maybe some coffee too)!

Plants for the Office:

  • Peace Lilly (Spathiphyllum) – Bright white flowers and lush green foliage. Bounces back well after a missed watering.
  • Air plant (Tillandsia) – Spritz daily (or less depending on humidity in the office) with distilled water. Tap water will leave mineral deposits on glass.
  • Schefflera – Let dry out between watering, then water deeply.
  • ZZ plant (Zamioculcas) – Tolerates neglect. Let dry completely between watering.
  • Ferns – Enjoys a humid environment. Keep evenly moist. Good terrarium plants.
  • Philodendron – Let the top inch or so of soil dry out between watering.
  • Pothos – Cleans the air. Do not over water.
  • Ivy (Hedera) – Trim as needed to maintain branch length and a full plant.
  • Succulents & Cacti – Let dry completely, then water deeply. Great in terrariums.
  • Terrariums – A mixture of indoor plants, as well as décor, pebbles, moss, etc. Be sure to choose plants with similar water and light needs. Watch humidity levels, especially with lidded terrariums.


Create a cubicle garden!

Extra Office Plant Care Tips:

  • Give plants as much light as you can. Some plants may benefit from a short visit at a window in your home for a week especially in the middle of the winter when the days are shortest.
  • Try to designate a watering day once a week (or twice depending on the plant). Try to keep the plants on a schedule so they are watered correctly.
  • Watch humidity depending on your plant’s needs and office conditions. Putting plant pots on a tray holding pebbles and water will help maintain humidity. Some plants will indicate whether the air is too dry. For example, fern leaves will turn brown at the tips.
  • Just a note: A small flowering primrose will last longer than a flower arrangement and bring you bright color and a fresh scent. Once it’s finished blooming you can let it go as you would that spent flower arrangement. No judgments.


Succulents are so easy to take care of – perfect for the office.

Not only do indoor plants spice up your office décor, they are beneficial to your health! Nurturing a plant can boost your mood and self-worth. Healthy employees are happy employees; this leads to more productivity and a friendly work environment. Who wouldn’t like that? To learn more about indoor plant health benefits click here!

Your desk deserves a little company and plants make the best desk mates. Work on!

Written by:

Heather Fesmire | Digital Marketing Assistant
Ann Buckwalter | Greenhouse Assistant